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  Kids must have better cancer care
Updated 15 February 2004, 14.17
Children in developing countries need more cancer drugs
Thousands of children around the world who get cancer could be saved if they had better medical care, charities say.

Around 250,000 kids get cancer each year, and 200,000 of those come from poor, developing countries, where basic medicines are not always available.

Cancer Research UK and the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organisations, say 80% of them die unnecessarily.

They said more key cancer drugs should be made available to poor countries.

'Essential drugs'

The charities said that some children with cancer could be saved with a little as 20 worth of medicine.

They said some basic cancer dugs should be put on the World Health Organisation's 'essential drugs list', which would help make them more available to countries that can't afford them.

They also called for local doctors to be given better training in some developing countries.

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